As coronavirus cases in Texas approach nearly 244,800, a medical team from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will be deployed to the Houston area to provide additional hospital staff support following a recent surge in COVID-19 patients in the state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday, Newsweek reported.
The DOD’s Urban Area Medical Task Force is scheduled to arrive in the region on Monday, while a DOD Urban Area Medical Task Force has already begun operating in Bexar County, whose county seat is San Antonio.
The latest deployment follows Abbott’s ongoing efforts working with Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Trump Administration, “to ensure the medical needs of Texans will be met,” the governor noted in a statement Friday.
The DOD task force joins seven other federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) that have been announced to be deployed across the Texas cities of Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, Laredo and El Paso.